Epimythium

“All things are possible and there are so many greater things than miracles.”

Written by Daniel McCoy

Directed by Siouxsie Easter

Dates:

  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 5:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Website: Facebook Event

Synopsis

In 12th century England, an unknown woman penned some of the greatest poetry of her time, influencing generations of writers. Known only by her first name and her fantastical tales, Marie de France’s own story has remained hidden for nine hundred years. In Epimythium, fantasy and reality collide as Marie’s epic tales of romance, betrayal, and deceit are the seed for a new vision of her life and secrets.

Set in an imagined version of Shaftsbury Abbey in 1165 A.D., the play explores Marie's conflict as a long-hidden secret is brought to light, and as she wrestles with demons from within and without. Parallel to Marie's own story is one of her invention, that of a maiden trapped in a tower whose secret romance with a shape-shifting knight results in both ecstasy and tragedy. Weaving these stories together are adaptations of Marie's fables, brought to life through puppetry, film, animation, and song.

Epimythium is an ode to the power of love, faith and imagination. By adapting the work of one of Medieval England's most unique and beloved storytellers, the play amplifies her voice across the centuries, sharing her stories with 21st Century audiences.

About the Playwright

Daniel is a playwright and performer based in New York City. His other plays include Nothing Beyond the Light Matters, Perfect Teeth, Dick Pix, and Cleave.  His work has been produced and developed at Primary Stages, Theaterlab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dutch Kills Theatre, Simple Machine and others.  He has been an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists since 2009, writing and performing in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) and variety of full length works, including the 2017 premiere of The Great American Drama. MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, member of the Project Y Playwrights Group.

Cast

DeAnna Choi
Arlene McGruder
David Gelles
Hilary Asare
Brian Williams
Maria Coleman

Tickets

This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

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